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WH students compete in STEM Challenge

A group of students from White Hall Middle School recently traveled to Magnet Cove to participate in the state level 21st Century STEM Challenge.

The event, which was sponsored by the Dawson Education Service Cooperative and Henderson State University, saw more 200 students representing nine school districts enter their self-built projects.

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is an educational program that has been implemented all over the country to promote the study of engineering and related subjects.

The competition is designed to get students actively involved in processes that require higher-level thinking and creativity.

There were eight possible categories to enter. Each required students to design and build a device that performs a practical function.

Students were given a list of guidelines and a set of parameters to

follow as they built their devices. They were also required to compose an engineering notebook which documented the designing and building process of their project.

WHMS sent multiple representatives for six of the eight categories including paper airplane, mousetrap car, marshmallow catapult, paper roller coaster, paper rocket, and toothpick bridges.

Some projects could be developed by teams while others required individuals.

The students proudly returned home with a combined total of 13 medals for first, second, and third places.